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Employment Opportunities at CTA

Special Education Teacher Aide: Seeking applications for a Resource Room Teacher Aide with employment to begin 

immediately upon hire.

Girls Assistant Basketball Coach:   Seeking a Girls Assistant Basketball Coach with employment to begin immediately upon hire.

Boys Assistant Basketball Coach:    Seeking a Boys 

Assistant Basketball Coach with employment to begin immediately upon hire.

Girls Soccer Coach:   

Position available for a Girls Soccer Coach with employment to begin in the Spring of 2019.

Specific questions for any of the listed position and a complete job description can be obtained by emailing  dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

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Hip Hop Concert Shares a Message of Hope

Beacon Light performed for the community and took time to autograph after the concert.

CTA had the privilege of welcoming Hip Hop artist Beacon Light on Tuesday, October 30! Beacon’s songs have been featured on Spotify playlists, iTunes Top Billboard charts, television shows, and films. His video “Haters” won Video of the Year in the 2016  We Love Christian Music Awards .

Beacon shared at a student assembly during the day and offered a free community concert in the evening. Beacon’s performances included both his music and his story, which offers encouragement and hope to the audience.

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NHS Supports All Students Through Tutoring Club

K-12 Students receive free tutoring support from NHS students.

This year, our chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is offering free tutoring and homework support for all students on Thursdays from 2:45-4:00 p.m. This opportunity is available to all of our K-12 students; students can sign-up or drop-in. This is the first year that this has been offered, and our NHS students are really excited about helping their fellow students.

The NHS members not only help with assigned homework, they also try to help students improve academically. With the younger elementary students, the NHS members sit and listen to younger students read and help them with spelling words. The students enjoy either typing them or writing them on a whiteboard. At the end of our time, the NHS members and the students play “Hangman” or Pictionary with spelling words. Through this, the students are able to get to know each other better and have something to look forward to. With the older students, the NHS members help them in whatever subject they are struggling with and try to make it easier to understand.

I asked some of our NHS members what their favorite part of tutoring students is. Danielle August, the president, said, “I really enjoy getting to know the younger kids and being able to help them learn. It is a way to make a difference in someone else’s life and hopefully make a lasting, helpful impact.” Willow Sidlauskas, a new inductee said, “Tutoring the younger kids gives me a sense of confidence in that these kids aren’t going through school feeling frustrated with their classes. We’re here to make homework a little less work and a lot more fun.” Lastly, I asked the NHS advisor, Trisha Rose, what her favorite part about tutoring was and she said, “I like watching the NHS students create relationships with the younger students.”

Tutoring Thursdays are making a positive impact on the school’s community. More and more students are coming, and NHS is excited to meet and help any additional students who decide to join over the course of the year.

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Field Trip to the Capitol Introduces Government and History to Students

Students on the steps of the Capitol before the tour.

Field Trip to the Capitol Introduces Government and History to Students

CTA’s 4th and 5th grade students visited the State Capitol in Lansing at the end of October. The first portion of the tour consisted of a visit to the Michigan History Museum, where students were able to learn about Michigan’s rich past, from the time of the state’s earliest peoples to the late 20th century. Docents were available to add dialect to the exhibits – many of which provided hands-on opportunities for the students.

After the visit to the museum, the students enjoyed a short walk to the State Capitol Building, where they were guided through several key rooms to learn the history and architecture of the building. The students enjoyed looking up at the stars on the dome in the rotunda and then going down below to see people walking on the glass floor in the rotunda above them. Senator MacGregor was able to meet the groups of students and escort them to the senate floor, where he was able to share more about some of the governmental processes that take place.

“This trip to the museum and capitol was a great way to put our Michigan history and government lessons into real life perspective for our students,” shared fourth grade teacher Kristi Norman.

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CTA Float Bridges Eras and Wins 2nd Place Trophy

A group of Charger students and parents spent two days working on the Lego-themed float for the Red Flannel Festival Parade and took second place for their creativity and hard work. The motto they used for the design was “The Past is the Building Block of the Future.” 

Stacy Keuhs spearheaded the project and used her creativity to develop the float and theme to help promote CTA and what it stands for to the community. “Legos came out the same time that the Red Flannel Festival Parade started and I thought it would be a great way to tie the two eras together,” shared Keuhs. “Our school likes to keep things fun and interesting and it was a lot of fun to build and design!” Thank you to those who contributed to the float building, decorating and driving, walked in the parade and to the family friend who opened her home and garage to host the float-building – it was a true reflection of the CTA spirit!

The CTA float is piled high with “Legos” and the handprints of the students helping to build the future.

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Hustle and Heart Set the XC Team Apart

L to R: Gabi Fahling, Faith Watson, Ethan Slock, Ethan Watson, Jordan Brown, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Kevin Miner, Hannah Hofstra, Karly Fisk, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

This year’s Charger Cross Country teams are led by Juniors Collin Bishop and Faith Watson. Collin was awarded as a member of the All-Conference team this year. Faith, missed the team by one place. Senior Dawson Ingersoll works to lead the team into the State Championship, a meet where the team ran their season best last year. Junior veteran, Hannah Hofstra has worked with newcomer Gabi Fahling to create a competitive environment at practice, working toward career bests. Rounding out a young team, underclassmen Kevin Miner, Jordan Brown, Ethan Slock, Ethan Watson and Karly Fisk have all achieve several season bests and a few career bests. The team completes their final two races on 10/20 in Shepard at the Class D State Championship; and on 10/27 in Allendale at the West Michigan Independent State Championship.

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Soccer Team Wraps Up First Season

Front (L to R): Joey Hanes, Austin Fisk, Evan Besmer, Aaron Wright, Carson McSorley, Jesse Benson, Sawyer Marek, Ivan Winters. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr, Tom Guerrato, Jeff Marek, Avery Bishop, Kaden Winters, Jake Perry, Landon Winters, Ryan Rypma, Matt Willis, Parker Tompkins, Head Coach Mark Winters. Not pictured: Binh Nguyen.

The soccer team had a good run for its first-ever team in school history. The team, comprised mostly of underclassmen, went up against some tough varsity teams and held their own. Under the direction of coaches Mark Winters and Kyle Knarr, the team has improved tremendously this season both offensively and defensively. We look forward to the team growing together over the next few years and becoming a leading competitor. We are very proud of the first-ever soccer team at CTA!


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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

“The Future Starts Today”

Monday, October 22 

6:00 p.m. 

CTA Auditorium

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Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours)

October 18 NHS Induction Ceremony – 6 p.m.

20 XC Meet @Maple Creek Golf Club

22 Town Hall Meeting – 6 p.m.

22-25 Student-Led Conferences Book Fair

25 Picture Retake Day

26 Early Release Day Popcorn Day

27 XC Meet @Allendale

29 Basketball Tryouts

November 1 Cedar Springs Brewing Co. Fundraiser 7-8:00 p.m.

2 Early Release Day

16 Early Release Day

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Advanced Placement® Offering Added to CTA Coursework


This year Creative Technologies Academy is excited to announce the addition of an Advanced Placement® course! AP® Computer Science Principles offers a multi-faceted method to learning the foundational concepts of computer science. This class introduces students to such topics as algorithms, cybersecurity, and the creative aspects of programming. Students will experience a rigorous curriculum that provides the opportunity to use current technologies in addressing real-world issues. The AP® Computer Science Principles exam will be administered in May. Students who earn a 3 or higher can earn college credit for their scores.

AP® or Advanced Placement® are trademarks registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with Creative Technologies Academy.

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